Somtow's Mae Nak

Last week I caught Opera Siam's Thai ghost opera Mae Naak, composed by Somtow Sucharitkul. While I may not always rate Somtow as a political commentator, I thought his opera was really rather good. So who, or what, is Mae Nak? I'll rip this little snippet from Wikipedia: According to tradition, the events happened during […]

Guest post from the Doc

After mentioning that I had acquired a copy of a book by Dr Iain Corness, I felt a little bad that I haven’t actually had time to read it. So I did the next best thing and contacted the author to ask him to write a little something here. Here is a guest post from […]

The Thunderbolt Kid

I‘d never read anything by Bill Bryson before and so I decided to buy The Life and Times of The Thunderbolt Kid. The book is a memoir and takes the reader through what it was like living in post-WW2 America. It’s a fascinating and also an incredibly witty account. Here’s an excerpt from page 64: […]